22nd December

Today’s gospel is Mary’s Magnificat, her praise of God for the salvation thatMary-Eliz-2-e1405686021557 Jesus will bring about. In the Office of Readings is a commentary of St Bede. This is what he says about Mary’s opening declaration: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.” Try reading it prayerfully.

The Lord has exalted me by a gift so great, so unheard of, that language is useless to describe it; and the depths of love in my heart can scarcely grasp it. I offer then all the powers of my soul in praise and thanksgiving. As I contemplate his greatness, which knows no limits, I joyfully surrender my whole life, my senses, my judgement: for my spirit rejoices in the eternal Godhead of that Jesus, that Saviour, whom I have conceived in this world of time.